This past weekend, legendary horror author, Stephen King, was the opening speaker at the National Book Festival held in Washington, D.C. While speaking King made a joke saying “I foresaw Donald Trump. I wrote a book called The Dead Zone.”
King connected the rise in Trump’s popularity to a decrease in everyday reading. “I don’t believe in the so-called dumbing down of America,” King said, “but as everyday reading declines — and it has — analytical thought also declines. Reading is for fun and for me, that’s a big deal, but it also sharpens the nose for the unmistakable odor of bulls—.” Without these analytical skills, King says politicians can “slide by with generalities rather than specifics.” reported Entertainment Weekly.
While in D.C, King also spoke with The Washington Post about the election. “A Trump presidency scares me more than anything else,” he said “I would have laughed three or four months ago, but I think Trump has a real shot.”
Although King might be scared of a Donald Trump presidency, he isn’t to thrilled with Hillary Clinton either. Saying “I think that Hillary Clinton has been a lackluster candidate, frankly, and there’s been a sense of entitlement about her campaign.” King also said that he would considering moving from his home in Maine to Canada to avoid a Donald Trump presidency if it happens.
To see the full Washington Post Facebook Live interview with Stephen King, watch below.